Wednesday, August 11, 2010

#1270 italki, Need/Be Needed, Word Spy, Edupunk, Angry Flight Attendant, Speako

Show 1270 Wednesday 11 August
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Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.

Today’s mistake comes from a notebook entry on a site called italki.

italki is a language learning website … and one of the things that you can do there is do some writing in what they call a notebook on that site, and other people can correct your writing.

I read one entry by a Russian girl who was introducing herself and she said she was learning English because she wanted to communicate.

And she said: It’ll be need for my future work, I think.

You can’t say: It will be need.

You could say: It will be needed for my future work.
Or: I will need it for my future work.

You could also use the word necessary.
It’ll be necessary for my future work.

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The site I recommend today is called Word Spy.

Word Spy says it’s: The Word Lover’s Guide to New Words.

The site has definitions of new words, with examples of how the words are being used. And it also has a twitter feed for each word, so you can see how the word is being used in tweets.

A recent entry was edupunk. I’d never heard of this word before, but I quite like it. Have you heard it before? Can you guess what it means?

This is the definition: an education reform movement that eschews traditional teaching tools
in favor of internet-based learning and other high-tech methods.

Eschew is a formal word which means: to deliberately avoid or keep away from sth.


Steven Slater is a 39-year-old flight attendant.
On Monday after a flight landed and passengers were waiting to get off the plane,
a passenger stood up and started getting luggage out of the overhead bins.
Apparently the passenger swore at Steven and he lost the plot.
He got on the public address system and swore at everyone, then he grabbed some beer, activated the inflatable evacuation slide and slid of the plane.
Steven Slater then drove home and was arrested shortly afterwards.
He was charged with criminal mischief and reckless endangerment.
And that was Stick News for Wednesday the 11th of August.
Kia ora.

1270 a
Tell the pilot to fly faster I'm on my way to an important meeting!

1270 b

1270 c

1270 d

1270 e

1270 f

1270 g
It says to strike any key but there is no "any" key! I WANT A F***ING REFUND!
I wish I could swear at my customers and quit my job...

Word of the Day

Today’s word is speako.

This is another word from Word Spy.

Do you know what a typo is?

A typo is a small mistake in a typed or printed text. And it’s not a mistake that you make when you’re learning a language, it’s just a small mistake that you make when you’re typing.

So speako is the equivalent for oral mistakes.

And their definition is: an error in speaking, especially when dictating to a voice recognition system.

Have you made any speakos today?

conversations with sarah
#812 That guy’s an idiot.

Step 1: Repeat Antonia’s lines.
Step 2: Read Antonia’s lines and talk to Sarah.

Antonia That guy’s an idiot.

Sarah For jumping out of the plane?

Antonia Yeah. It’s his job to deal with difficult customers.

Sarah True. It’s a pretty funny story though.

Antonia I don’t see why people think he’s a hero.

Sarah I guess it’s partly because lots of people have fanaticized about quitting their job dramatically like that.

question answer definition links


Eschew is pronounced in a few different ways:

American pronunciation:


today's news - NZ Herald

tdes profile on italki - add me as a friend :)


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artist: Kevin MacLeod
track: Future Cha Cha
from: Brooklyn, NY, United States
artist site

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artist: #NarNaoud#
album: Green Vision
track: Oriental Standing
from: Gironde, France
artist at Jamendo
album at Jamendo
artist site

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artist: Kevin MacLeod
track: The Jazz Woman
from: Brooklyn, NY, United States
artist site

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artist: ioeo
album: triptracks
track: triptrack2
from: Saint Raphael, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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HiFi Hustlers
Blagging It EP
from: San Francisco, United States

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